Glorify God! Proclaim God’s Word!
Minister to and through those who serve!
We worship through music with our whole being,
spirit (heart) and with understanding (mind).
Singing great choral music from Bach to Gospel, the 100-voice Sanctuary Chorus is in residence September to June. The choir has presented numerous major works with the Festival Orchestra, commissioned and premiered new compositions, toured throughout Europe and Russia, and produced several recordings. Rehearsals are Thursdays 7:25-9:30pm. To schedule an interview, contact Karen Nelson.
Auditioned members of the Sanctuary Chorus specialize in a cappella and concerted music from the 16th century to the latest works of today’s composers. The group is organized on a project basis throughout the season; singers are responsible to learn their own part before the first rehearsal. Rehearsals precede the Sanctuary Chorus rehearsal.
This small ensemble takes its upbeat message of God’s love to senior centers, hospitals and other community outreaches, bringing joy through their gentle ministry of song. For more information on bookings, contact Don Prior.
Children and Youth Choirs
Professional music educators direct age-appropriate choirs in which members develop their musical skills within a supportive Christian setting.
Grades K-1 with Cynthia Dean: Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45pm, Sep-May
This beginning choir introduces music fundamentals as singers explore their voices in a nurturing Christian environment. Singing almost monthly and in some festival Sanctuary worship services provides our youngest singers with their earliest joyful expressions of faith through song. Contact Cynthia Dean.
Grades 2-3 with Karen Nelson: Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45pm, Sep-May
Children who experience JoySong deepen their Christian values through music, fellowship, and the performing arts. Further music literacy and exploration of the young voice allow the singer to grow in ability and confidence in sharing the word of God through music. JoySong sings nearly every month and in select, festival Sanctuary worship services. Contact Karen Nelson.
Good News Group
Grades 4-6 with Daisy Li Emans: Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45pm, Sep-May
Singers grades 4-6 continue to develop music literacy and choral skills in a fun, positive environment fostering personal growth and teamwork. Singing monthly and in festival Sanctuary worship provides creative expressions of faith and encouragement to share the Good News. Contact Daisy Li Emans.
Auditioned Grades 7-12 with Scott Dean: Wednesdays, 5:45-7:15pm, Sep-Jun
This group of treble (unchanged) experienced young musicians presents a variety of sacred choral music, leading Sanctuary and festival worship services each month. More than a choir, Bel Canto has been a transformative experience for hundreds of youth, and a sound track for their life in faith. The choir has toured domestically and internationally, recorded, and frequently presents with professional instrumental accompaniment. Auditions are held every fall and spring. Contact Scott Dean.
Festival Orchestra and Brass
Professional-level instrumentalists from the congregation volunteer alongside contracted musicians to accompany the Sanctuary Chorus in festival worship and concerts. Past major works have included the St. John Passion of J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, The Creation by Haydn, Requiem settings by Brahms, Fauré, Durufle, Rutter, and many others. To schedule an interview with director Scott Dean, contact Karen Nelson
BelPres Handbells is a multigenerational group (youth and adults together) learning the artistry of ringing handbells to lead in worship and reach out to the community through local events. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 7-9pm in S-141. For more information, contact Patsy Jackson.
This group is organized into four areas: Read and Play, Trombone Choir, Jubilee Trombones, and Festival Trombones. They meet on Wednesdays 7:30-9pm in S-150. For more information, contact Jim Arthur.
Casavant Frères of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, built the pipe organ of Bellevue Presbyterian Church. Casavant is the oldest and largest builder of pipe organs in North America with an international reputation for excellence and integrity in craftsmanship.
In creating Opus 3742, architects, acousticians, and contractors collaborated with Casavant and the church’s Organ and Building Committees to integrate the organ into the design of the Sanctuary. Towers of pipes cascade upward, leading the eye toward the central focus of the Sanctuary – the cross and the resurrection window. The design emphasizes the symbolism of the Trinity found throughout the Sanctuary, with a trio of pipes in each of the large towers, smaller towers grouped in sets of three, the three horizontal elements of the pipe shades, and the slats in the lower part of the façade paneling.
The façade is solid American oak, stained to match the woodwork of the Sanctuary. The 4’ and 8’ pipes are polished tin, and the 16’ pipes are lacquer-finished. The horizontal trumpet pipes that make up the distinctive “Trompette-en-chamade” are polished copper with flared bells. With an overall reverberation time of two seconds, the Sanctuary provides a wonderfully supportive acoustical environment with a beautiful bloom of energetic sound from the nave to the balcony.
The tonal design of Opus 3742 was created to lead and support congregational singing; accompany the many choirs, soloists, and instrumental ensembles of the music ministry; and serve as a beautiful solo instrument capable of performing all types of Baroque, classical, Renaissance, Romantic, and contemporary organ repertoire.
– 3824 pipes (largest 32’ tall!)
– 50 stops (voices)
– 68 ranks (rows of pipes)
– Original installation in 1995
– Final completion summer 2003
We put our hands to God’s work in simple ways: preparing bread and juice, arranging flowers, straightening up pews, welcoming people to worship. We are called, not to great works, but to small works done with great love.
Anyone age 15+ is welcome in any of these teams.